Gillette resident Ronald D. Browen, 54, passed away suddenly Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, at his ranch from a blood clot in the lungs.
A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Aug. 1, 2017, at the Mount Pisgah Cemetery shelter.
Ron was born May 30, 1962, in Gillette to Lance and Audrye (Mills) Browen. His schooling was in Gillette, Ten Sleep and Sundance.
In his later years, he cherished the memory of riding horses to school at Wyodak along with his brother, Steve, and sister, Sandi, uncles Allen, Sam and Star Mills and neighbors, Danny Bill, Matt, Ted, Tom and Pat Beck.
In 1984, he and Teresa Hespe were married and they raised two sons, Zachary D. and Jeremy C.
Ron went into the work world young starting with Big 3 Roustabout (Francis and Lila Kindt) working 25-plus years in the oil and gas fields with only one year leaving the oil patch, when he and his family moved to a sheep ranch by Kaycee. He spent his last few years full-time ranching.
Ron had a magnetic personality, enjoyed a good time and hearing stories of the past, especially from friend Bob Hayden.
Ron had a great love for motorcycles, riding 1,000-plus miles through California, South Dakota, Minnesota and every highway in Wyoming. One unusual winter in Wyoming he rode motorcycles every month.
Ron and close friend Val Weeding enjoyed riding together, along with vehicle road trips. They also traveled to Italy in 2000, where her daughter Christa was schooling.
He is survived by Teresa Browen; sons, Zachary and Jeremy Browen; two grandsons, Jorey and Rylee Browen; mother, Audrye Morrison; stepfather, Leonard Morrison, all of Gillette; brother, Steve and Brenda Browen; nephews, Nicholas and Benjamin; niece, Katelyn of Hemet, California; nephew, Weston Browen of Spokane Valley, Washington; his extended family, Carrie (Quenton) Ellison; granddaughters, Tajah Edwards of Morgan, Utah, and Christa (Joe) Dodge; and grandsons, Jack and Luke Dodge of San Diego, California, and Chase Weeding of Gillette.
He was preceded in death by his dad, Lance Browen; sister, Sandi Browen; and his close friend, Valerie Weeding.
Memorials and condolences may be sent to sons Zachary at P.O. Box 784, and Jeremy at P.O. Box 572, both Gillette WY, 82717.